Eleven of the world's leading cycling teams have united to form Velon, a business venture that they hope will rejuvenate the sport in the wake of doping scandals, haphazard management and questions about its overall integrity.
Posted: November 25, 2014, 8:33 pm

Astana team rider and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali (L) of Italy waits for the start of the race next to Team Sky rider Christopher Froome (2nd L) of Britain, Cannondale team rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia (2nd R), and Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Ral Majka (R) of Poland before the Tour de France Saitama Criterium race in Saitama, north of Tokyo October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - The prospect of a private cycling league raised its head again on Tuesday when 11 top teams announced the creation of Velon, a venture they say will help the sport develop further -- without saying how exactly. The 11 teams -- Sky, Belkin, BMC, Garmin, Lotto, OPQS, Orica-GreenEdge, Giant, Lampre, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek -- say they want a new calendar, plan to introduce new technology, such as on-bike cameras, and create a "better economic future for the sport". ...

Posted: November 25, 2014, 6:15 pm
PARIS (AP) -- The 2016 Tour de France will return home for its ''Grand Depart,'' starting in the wind-battered Manche region.
Posted: November 25, 2014, 12:40 pm
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended a fourth rider from Kazakhstan linked to the Astana team for a positive doping test.
Posted: November 19, 2014, 12:56 pm
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Astana were rocked by another doping case on Wednesday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Kazakh Victor Okishev had tested positive. "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has notified UCI Continental Team Astana Kazakh rider Victor Okishev of an Adverse Analytical Finding of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids in a sample collected at the Asian Cycling Championships on 29 May 2014, the UCI said in a statement. "The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. ...
Posted: November 19, 2014, 11:25 am

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